Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that nine lawyers have been elected to the Firm's partnership. As of September 1, 2007, the new partners are Peter Guryan, François Hellot, Barbara Levy, Richard C. Park, Brian D. Pfeiffer, Tiffany Pollard, Damian P. Ridealgh, Joshua Wechsler, and Eli Weiss.
In a joint statement, Valerie Ford Jacob, Fried Frank's Chairperson, and Justin Spendlove, Fried Frank's Managing Partner, stated, "We are very excited and proud to have these colleagues as partners of the Firm, and we look forward to their role in the continued growth and success of Fried Frank."
Attorneys elected to partner:
Peter Guryan, an attorney in the Antitrust Department in the Firm's New York office, focuses his practice on antitrust counseling, government and regulatory review of mergers and acquisitions, and litigation. He has successfully represented major corporations in a wide range of industries in connection with merger, joint venture, and civil non-merger investigations before the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to joining Fried Frank in 2001, Mr. Guryan was a trial attorney at the Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division's Telecommunications Task Force. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Harold A. Ackerman, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1996 to 1998. He received his JD, cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 1996 and his BA from Cornell University in 1992. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
François Hellot, an attorney in the Paris Corporate Department, centers his practice on mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies based in France and abroad, and on private equity transactions (venture capital and leveraged buy-outs). He has extensive experience representing both financial investors and managers. Mr. Hellot joined the Firm in 2005 as European counsel. He received his advanced degree in English and North American business law in 1994, from the University of Paris – I. He also holds a degree from the Paris Institute for Political Studies. He was admitted to the Paris bar in 1997.
Barbara Levy, an attorney in Fried Frank's Paris office, focuses her practice primarily on corporate and commercial litigation. In addition to her general corporate litigation work, she has developed a strong practice in the areas of trademarks, intellectual property and related commercial issues, distribution and antitrust law, and general contract law. Her clients include French and International companies, in a wide variety of industries, including luxury goods, fashion, telecommunications, and automotive. Mrs. Levy joined the Firm in 2005 as European Counsel. She has an advanced degree in international private law from the University of Paris – II, with honours, with a specialization in International Commercial Arbitration. She was admitted to the Paris bar in 1990. Prior to joining the Firm in 2005, Barbara Levy was a partner at the firm Veil Jourde.
Richard C. Park, an attorney in the Antitrust Department in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office, focuses his practice on a full range of antitrust counseling, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and representation of clients in connection with investigations by the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. He has significant experience representing clients in merger and civil non-merger matters involving a wide variety of industries including, software, pharmaceuticals, defense, telecommunications and media. Mr. Park joined the Firm in 1999. He is a former Vice Chair of the ABA Antitrust Telecommunications Committee. He received his LLM from Georgetown University Law Center in 1997, his JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 1995, and his BA from Cornell University in 1992. He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and New York.
Brian D. Pfeiffer, an attorney in the New York Bankruptcy and Restructuring Department, has a broad range of experience advising clients on a variety of bankruptcy and restructuring-related matters. His practice involves all aspects of in- and out-of-court restructurings of financially distressed businesses, including representations of corporate debtors, official and unofficial creditors' committees and equity committees, significant stakeholders and third-party acquirers. He joined the firm in 1999. Mr. Pfeiffer received his JD in 1999 from Hofstra University School of Law and received his BA from the State University of New York at Albany in 1996. He is admitted to the bar in New York and to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Tiffany Pollard, an attorney in the New York Corporate Department, focuses her practice on private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions representing both private equity firms and public and private corporations. In addition, she regularly advises clients on issues of corporate governance and securities law compliance. She joined the Firm in 2000. Ms. Pollard received her JD from Michigan Law School in 1998 and her BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. She is admitted to the bar in New York.
Damian P. Ridealgh, an attorney in the Corporate Department, focuses his practice primarily on the representation of financial institutions as borrowers and issuers in leveraged finance transactions, with a particular focus on acquisition financings. Prior to joining the Firm in 2004, Mr. Ridealgh worked as a banking associate at Ashurst, primarily in their London office, with secondments to Deutsche Bank, London and Ashurst's Brussels offices. Mr. Ridealgh received his JD equivalent in 1999 from the College of Law London and his LLM in 1997 from University College, London. He is admitted to the bar in England and Wales and is applying for admission to the bar in New York.
Joshua Wechsler, an attorney in the Hong Kong and New York Corporate Department, concentrates his practice in corporate finance and the U.S. securities laws representing both issuers and underwriters in a variety of debt and equity financing transactions, including initial public offerings, private placements, high-yield debt offerings and cross-border financings. He has also acted for a number of issuers in connection with corporate governance matters and reporting under the U.S. securities laws. Prior to joining Fried Frank, he served as a staff attorney in the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporation Finance. Mr. Wechsler joined the Firm in 1998 and became special counsel in 2004. Recently Mr. Wechsler helped launch the Firm's Asian capital markets practice with the opening of the Firm's Hong Kong office in 2007. He received his JD from St. Thomas University School of Law in 1993 and his LLM in from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. He received his BA from the University of Florida in 1990. Mr. Wechsler is admitted to the bar in New York and Florida.
Eli Weiss, an attorney in the New York Tax Department, focuses his practice primarily on the representation of domestic and international clients in numerous transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures, public and private financings, joint ventures and the design and implementation of workout and reorganization plans. He joined the Firm in 1999. Mr. Weiss received his JD, magna cum laude, in 1999 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his BA in 1990 and MA in 1992 from Beth Medrash Govoha. Mr. Weiss is admitted to the bar in New York.